(Yes, I know, hello to my cheesy title haha)
This blog has been pretty dead for a while, lol. Well, now seems as good a time as any to post. Especially since something really awesome just happened.
Just watched the first weekend show of Wicked here in Manila and it was WOW.
You have to understand how difficult it is to be a theater nut here, where your only source for all of it is the internet. Just Youtube, torrents, and whatever sites to watch, listen, and learn about all these great shows which are all the way over there on Broadway or the West End or wherever… just way out there on the other side of the world. :( So when it happens that a show like Wicked comes over to the shores of the Philippines, it’s like… magic. I was too young when they showed Miss Saigon here, so I knew I had to jump at the chance for this one.
I made sure to get tickets as early as August last year, teehee. And so I had been waiting and waiting until, finally, the day came!!!
It did not disappoint. Oh my god. I’m still reeling.
It’s the most cliched, most famous song of the musical but seriously, by the end of Act 1’s Defying Gravity, I was bawling. As in tears. Snot. Smudged eyeliner. Hahah! Didn’t realize how magical that number was. The lights, effects, wow. It was just so intense finally seeing and hearing it right in front of me, on an actual stage, after watching clips so many times on Youtube and listening to the soundtrack over and over again on iTunes. Huhu.
I have to say, I feel so validated when a show is done well. Makes me feel good as an audience member that they cared enough to be that good and to really give their all. That’s why it was so kilig to learn, upon first hearing about it, that it was a legit broadway-esque production by this Australian company; sets, costumes, and all. Yeah the Cinderella, Cats, and Phantom were great too, but this one… <3 The Galinda and the Elphaba were really really good, okay. Perfect, even. <3 The Fiyero, not so… Hahaha. He has to work a little more on his singing and dancing. But it was fine ’cause he was kind of hot. Lol. Saw them playing rugby or something outside the entrance before the show. He’s no Aaron Tveit though, hahah.
I’m just so happy and thankful that they decided to bring Wicked here. Thank you, all responsible. You are the best. Sponsors, producers, theater companies, pleaaaase bring more!!! There’s a real audience here, a real market. You won’t regret it. More more more!